Cablegate and Turkey. Now PM Erdoğan targets US Diplomats.

Turkish PM threatens to sue US diplomats over leaked claims
Hurriyet Daily News
Ergenekon is the name of an alleged gang accused of plotting to overthrow the government in 2003 and 2004. ?One billion dollars

Turkey PM slams US diplomacy over WikiLeaks

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s prime minister accused US envoys today of slander after leaked cables said he had accounts in Swiss banks, painted him as an authoritarian who hates Israel and leads a government with Islamist influences.

Turkish FM pokes fun at description of him as dangerous

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu poked fun Tuesday at a leaked US memo’s description of him as ‘exceptionally dangerous,’ saying he sees only a smiling face in the mirror.

Turkey’s leader is furious about leaked US cable that claimed he has Swiss bank accounts

from Yahoo news

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Wednesday reacted furiously to claims in a leaked U.S. State Department memo that he has money in Swiss bank accounts and said U.S. diplomats should be punished for allegations he branded as lies and gossip

Sarkozy opposes “70 mln Muslims” in Europe: WikiLeaks
Turkey’s European Union accession process right after his election in 2007, confidential US diplomatic cables made public by website WikiLeaks reveal.

Wiki Secret: U.S. Distrusts Turkey’s PM Erdogan

from Yahoo news
According to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, the US is concerned about its NATO ally Turkey. Embassy dispatches portray Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a power-hungry Islamist surrounded by corrupt and incompetent ministers. Washington no longer believes that the country will ever join the European Union.

Turkey plays down US diplomatic messages on WikiLeaks

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Turkey has pushed back against a welter of US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks that question its orientation with the west and its domestic politics

Learning What Officials Really Think, Via WikiLeaks
OPB News
Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmed Davutoglu, says he didn’t recognize himself in the cables. One described him as being “exceptionally dangerous” with

WikiLeaks to change much
Today’s Zaman
The massive release of confidential US diplomatic cables by online whistleblower WikiLeaks has led to a commotion in Turkey just as is the case around the

The elephant

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Everyone is trying to infer meaning from the portion of WikiLeaks documents they have read.

The WikiLeaks controversy

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The most striking thing about the quarter-million messages is that they contain no real surprises. You?d be just as well informed if you read some good newspapers every day.

US embassy cables: Turkey seen as answer to Saudis’ influence in Pakistan

from World news: Turkey |

Sunday, 24 May 2009, 06:23
EO 12958 DECL: 05/23/2019
Classified By: Anne W. Patterson for reasons 1.4 (b), (d).

1. (C) Summary: The Ambassador, accompanied by EmbOffs, met May 20 with Turkish Ambassador Soysal and other Turkish counterparts. The Turkish Embassy, which has taken on a coordinating role for NATO in Pakistan, advocated greater cooperation with the U.S. vis-a-vis Pakistan. Soysal described Turkey’s own trilateral meetings with Afghanistan and Pakistan. He thought the Af-Pak relationship had improved since the February 2008 elections and credited Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in particular for this “geographic sensitivity.” While Turkey hoped their trilaterals would result in cooperative programs, the real objective was increased trust and transparency between the two neighbors. The trilaterals had matured past joint statements; decisions on specific projects needed to be implemented for the meetings to be worthwhile, Soysal said. Encouragingly, the three countries had already conducted a number of joint training on a range of subjects. Soysal agreed that the “Friends of Democratic Pakistan” initiative should not morph into a donors forum, despite the GOP predilection. He believed a strong secretariat, along the lines of a task force model, was needed to ensure the initiative’s policy success. NATO could also contribute to Pakistan’s development, sponsoring education initiatives and professional exchanges.

WikiLeaks to change much

The massive release of confidential US diplomatic cables by online whistleblower WikiLeaks has led to a commotion in Turkey just as is the case around the world, with many spending their time examining these documents and drawing conclusions about them.


from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The man whom the US embassy cables described as ‘a dangerous Islamist’ was in the US capital the same hour he learned how U.S. diplomats in Ankara viewed him.

The world after WikiLeaks

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN

Here lies the dilemma that faces the world?s powerful states like America: The modern world they pretty much invented has started to challenge them

“Model partnership” with Turkish blemished by leaks (News Feature) – Monsters and Critics

The ‘Tribune of Anatolia’: America’s Dark View of Turkish Premier Erdogan – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

Erdogan Threatens Assange?

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

Neither Barack Obama nor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened Julian Assange yet, but Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is the only one of his kind.

Cablegate impact on Turkish politics remains low so far
Today’s Zaman
WikiLeaks cables might have caused quite a stir in the world, but none of the information released so far has proven damaging for Turkey.

WikiLeaks: Israel tells US it has ‘bad feeling’ about Turkey
Today’s Zaman
?Israeli participants argued that Turkey has been supportive of Hamas in Gaza, while pursuing a more ‘Islamic’ direction with the goal of becoming a

The Enemy of My Frenemy ?
More, Sinirlioglu claimed that Turkey’s diplomatic efforts to pull Syria out of Iran’s orbit were gaining traction. ?A shared hatred for Saddam [Hussein]

These stones may injure many heads

I think labeling the WikiLeaks release of documents the ?Sept. 11 of diplomacy? is very fitting. We can say that just as nothing remained the same after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, nothing will remain the same following the release of these documents.

Cablegate: A cyber-Sept. 11 for the US

I think one great skill that many people would like to have is to be able to penetrate the subconscious of the people they talk to in order to know they really think of themselves and events beyond what they say or imply through their behavior. Many works of fiction have been written and many films produced to deal with this matter.

WikiLeaks has undressed everybody

Transparency is one of the basic rules of democracy, and unfortunately it is quite scarce in the foreign policy domain. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we?ve learned that even in the US, which has the reputation of being a transparent country, there is a transparency problem. It appears that revelations by WikiLeaks will help to reinforce accountability at the global level.

Turkish diplomacy put to the test by WikiLeaks

It seems the part of the documents put into international circulation by WikiLeaks will not inflict serious damage on US-Turkish relations. However, the unpublished ones still have the possibility of souring relations between the two countries.

Turkey and US discuss leaked documents

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s foreign minister has entered talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying they would discuss thousands of leaked US diplomatic cables.

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